1:31pm

Wed October 5, 2011
The Commonwealth

Daily Copper and Wire Thefts in Grant Co.

If you’ve got copper and scrap metal that you want to keep, police are advising you to lock it up or it may disappear. Local police agencies have been inundated with complaints about missing wire and metal from construction sites, houses in foreclosure, churches and businesses. “We are taking complaints nearly every day of stolen copper and scrap from people’s property,” said Williamstown Police Chief Al Rich.

1:24pm

Wed October 5, 2011
Business and the Economy

Louisville's Boys and Girls Clubs Unsure of Merger

Michael Hawley
Louisville Public Media

Louisville’s four Salvation Army Boys and Girls Clubs will close this month and it remains uncertain if and when a merger with Kentuckiana Boys and Girls Clubs will happen.  It’s hopeful that clubs will reopen by year’s end, said Michael Hawley (pictured), the Salvation Army’s Louisville area commander.

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1:17pm

Wed October 5, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Lexington Parking Garage Close Until Further Notice

A thirty-year old parking garage in downtown Lexington is closed until further notice while engineers determine its safety. The city-owned Phoenix parking garage on East Vine Street closed for a brief time in May after a large concrete panel fell from the structure.

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1:00pm

Wed October 5, 2011
All Politics are Local

Conway Releases First Television Ads

In the race for attorney general of Kentucky, Democratic incumbent Jack Conway released his first television ads Wednesday, highlighting cyber crime and fiscal responsibility.  The first 30-second spot entitled “Predators” features Conway speaking directly to voters about the cyber crimes unit in his office. It says the attorney general’s office has worked to take over 300,000 pornographic images of children off the Internet and launched nearly 200 new investigations.

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12:56pm

Wed October 5, 2011
Business and the Economy

Kentucky Power Chief: Rates Going Up, EPA to Blame

Greg Pauley’s message to Kentucky Power customers these days is simple — your electric bill is likely going up and the Environmental Protection Agency is to blame. The COO and president of Kentucky Power, Pauley delivered the message to a crowd at Pikeville's Landmark Inn on Monday, as a part of a series of visits throughout the company’s service area to explain to customers the challenges the company is facing.

12:56pm

Wed October 5, 2011
The Two-Way

Civil Rights Legend Rev. Shuttlesworth Dies; Defied Jim Crow Laws

In this file photo from 2007, Sen. Barack Obama pushes civil rights activist Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth during a commemoration of the 1965 "Bloody Sunday" Voting Rights march in Selma, Ala. Shuttlesworth died Wednesday, at age 89.

Scott Olson Getty Images

Civil rights leader Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth has died, according to reports. He was 89. In the 1950s, Shuttleworth's activism resulted in beatings and attempts on his life in Birmingham, where he established the Alabama Christian Movement for Human Rights in 1956.

The Birmingham News has put up a slideshow of the civil rights leader, along with some highlights of his life-long struggle against racism and discrimination:

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12:54pm

Wed October 5, 2011
The Commonwealth

Is Russell County Going Hog Wild?

Last month, Charles Emerson ran across some uninvited guests on his property in Russell Springs while feeding his horses. Several wild hogs came up out of the woods toward him and Emerson, armed with a pistol he sometimes carries, gunned down the two feral swine, about 250 pounds and 200 pounds respectively. Chad Soard, a wildlife biologist with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife in Frankfort, said the fact that free-ranging wild pigs exist was bad for Kentucky.

12:45pm

Wed October 5, 2011
The Two-Way

Plot To Kill Karzai Foiled, Afghan Intelligence Agency Says

Afghan President Hamid Karzai at the funeral ceremony of slain Afghanistan High Peace Council and former president Burhanuddin Rabbani on Sept. 23, 2011.Â

AFP/Getty Images

Two weeks after the assassination of a former president, Afghan intelligence officials say they have disrupted a plot to kill the country's current leader.

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12:29pm

Wed October 5, 2011
Afghanistan

Afghan Officials Say Plot To Kill Karzai Foiled

Afghan officials said Wednesday that they have foiled a plot to assassinate President Hamid Karzai and arrested six people, including one of Karzai's bodyguards.

The bodyguard was recruited by a network of al-Qaida sympathizers at Kabul Medical University that is linked to the Pakistan-based Haqqani militant network, according to Afghan intelligence officials.

Intelligence service spokesman Latifullah Mashal said three college students and a university professor were also among those arrested in Kabul.

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12:28pm

Wed October 5, 2011
Author Interviews

'Terrorists In Love': The Psychology Of Extremism

Originally published on Mon October 10, 2011 7:49 am

Ahmed Al Shayea left Saudi Arabia in November 2004 to join the insurgents in Iraq. He was misled into driving a butane-gas delivery truck, which was detonated by remote control in an attack that killed eight people and left him disfigured. Today, he wants would-be insurgents to listen to his advice: "There is no jihad. We are just instruments of death."

Donna Abu Nasr AP

Ahmad Al Shayea grew up in Saudi Arabia in a middle-class family and dropped out of high school to join a local gang. Abdullah Al-Gilani fell in love with a girl who eventually married someone else. Zeddy was an old colleague of Osama bin Laden's.

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